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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: why isnt vause arrested?
« on: April 06, 2009, 09:18:46 AM »
Quote from: "Antigen"
Quote from: "ajax13"
If you are aware of specific crimes committed in AARC, file a police report. If everyone had done that from the beginning, the Wiz would have been performing his excorcisms in Saskatchewan long ago.

My understanding is that the Calgary police have been just as tight with AARC as Florida police were with The Seed and Straight, Inc. They would probably not even take a report of abuse at AARC, far less take it seriously and investigate. I know that, after 15 years of my family having been associated with The Seed and Straight, Inc., I would never have thought to go to the police. I'd expect them to dismiss and maybe even harass me if I tried.

**HOWEVER** With all this public scrutiny due to recent media exposure they might be just a tad disinclined to take this little problem of theirs so lightly. So now is the time to go to the police and to follow up on their response. If they don't give your complaint due attention then complain to whatever authorities monitor police misconduct in Alberta.

The calgary Police Service have changed their tune with AARC - at least the Major Crimes unit has. AARC obsrtucted their investigation regarding Woods and Bates. They are not happy with this at all.  Way to go AARC.

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: PChAD legislation in Alberta
« on: April 05, 2009, 10:22:48 AM »
Even if PCHAD legislation is not used, coercion is certainly present. Most "clients" are threatened with abandonment, unable to see family members. They are young, have no work experience, little schooling etc. A staff member will stand in front of the door and refuse to move, provoking an "assault" so the "client" can then be charged - I did it myself while on staff. If the "client" manages to leave, the family is welcomed to stay and testify to the disease stealing their child.

PCHAD just enshrines the process AARC pioneered in Alberta.

This happens right after the government passes a law banning the practice of giving double time served credit (sometimes triple). This guy now has no reason to hang around in Remand.

Date set for plea in drug killing
 Calgary HeraldMarch 21, 2009
A 24-year-old man charged with first-degree murder for a late-night, drug-related shooting nearly three years ago is expected to resolve his case without a trial.

Lawyer David Chow set an April 14 date for plea for Cody William bates during Queen's bench criminal appearance court on Friday.

Bates was scheduled to face a four-week jury trial starting Sept. 14, along with co-accused Jason Malin Woods, in the death of Ali Khamis, 30. Khamis died from a single gunshot fired at close range just before midnight June 6, 2006. Woods, 21, is charged with manslaughter.

A third suspect, Justin Gittens, 26, was arrested a year later in connection with the same slaying. He was charged with manslaughter, robbery and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Khamis was found slumped behind the wheel of his Ford Mustang parked outside the shawnessy Community association in the city's south end. He had been shot once.

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: Keepers of the cell keys
« on: March 21, 2009, 12:18:34 PM »
Quote from: "A mom"
Does this portend AARC's loss of government funding?

Hopefully, but considering AARC pulled in over $6 million last year, and having Markin, and his billions and the likes of Canadian Natural Resources backing them up, I doubt AARC really cares about the $300,000 from the Prov gov't anymore.


AARC is addicted to cash. They have a multimillion $ nut every year. They go after every donor possible. They have learned from the Conservative Party that it is more sustainable to go after thousands of small donors as well as a few large ones - the small ones sustain you in hard economic times. Don'y forget - every client pays. If you have low paying job, but own your house, you must mortgage it or take out a loan. RRSPs? Great! Cash em in. Unless you are welfare recipient with no assets, you pay.

AARC has a huge fund of cash just sitting, accumulating. But there expenses do not add up. Low paid staff, a paid for building, dozens of paying customers. Why are their expenses so high?

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: Court ORders to AARC
« on: March 21, 2009, 12:09:42 PM »
Judge Nancy Flatters court ordered on person I know of to AARC - he had been a client, graduated, and stabbed a crack dealer nearly to death. He ended up going to jail after being in AARC on "refresher" pending court. He asked to go.

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: VOMIT
« on: March 11, 2009, 07:40:48 PM »
I am truely sorry for your dilemma. I doubt that at 15 your son has had enough sustained drug use to be an addict, but if he does, the people at AARC are no more qualified to provide threament than I was. Chances are he will learn more about drug use and after a year or more in suspended animation he will be bursting to use drugs just to feel good after the shit he will go through there. You wil be down $50K or more and there is a better than even chance your child will relapse, likely with another AARC graduate. That is much more the norm than staying sober.


Wow. That is bang on - even though we didn't go to AARC at the same time, that was very similar to my expereience. For years i wore it as a badge if honor that I had gone through there. -  not the Mazur thing, the long detailed post..

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: It is ok to relapse
« on: March 11, 2009, 05:35:03 PM »
Quote from: "FemanonFatal2.0"
I'd like to know just how many of those graduates didn't have a substance abuse problem before they entered the program. What about the numerous amounts of teenagers who tried drugs but grew out of that on their own... are we really supposed to think that this program is responsible for the fact that all humans eventually mature?

Heres a for instance, If i were to participate in a WWASP study and as the questions would be written by WWASP they would ask me questions like this:

Do you use any drugs? No.

Can you hold down a job? Yes.

Have you been charged with any criminal activity since you came home? No.

and so on and so forth.

So would my answers to these questions indicate that the program was a success for me? Was the fact that I was neither a criminal nor a drug addict before I went into the program taken into account in this study? or that I did my fair share of drugs and drinking AFTER the program and matured out of that stage on my own? or that I was physically abused and strongly oppose the program. Does that have anything to do with the "success rate" or is that just all a little too relative to be taken seriously? Furthermore what about the kids that died or are in jail or wouldn't have even the slightest reason to keep in touch with AARC in order to be on their list for this survey. So honestly what surprises me is that other 15%, why would "druggies" even do this study in the first place?

Psy nailed it, this was a biased internal study from the beginning and these bogus claims have no credibility, but the programs have been lying for years so why should we put it passed them now?

I participated in intake/assessments for 3 years, both as a "client" and as a "peer". I would say perhaps 1 in 5 people I "assessed" had actual drug or alcohol usage to the extent that it was serious problem. 1 out of 5 would not have the amount of drug usage for it to be more than an occaissional beavioral issue. Certainly not a primary problem, almost always some marijuana usage, and some drinking. The middle three would vary, but EVERY kid that was assessed while I was there was told they were level 3 or 4. And believe me - many of the positive answers were inferred, not actually told to us by the kid. How many kids who walk through there could be honestly diagnosed with a substance abuse problem? Maybe half. Needless to say, I had no training in drug assessment - but I got lots of kids to stay, either by convincing the parents or even the kid. I think about it every day, and deeply regret my part in this BS.

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: It is ok to relapse
« on: March 08, 2009, 12:03:00 PM »
It is clear that the "Patton" study was not his, it iwas AARC's. It is light weight preliminary survey and in no way a credible outcome study. I am pleased people are starting to review this as well as the response from Patton to the Fifth Estate. AARC has used this "study" to garner support both politically and from donors. I used it myself when I supported AARC - then I ran the numbers and based on my own experience with hundreds of graduates, I know the statistic to be completely false.

NDP calling for youth centre investigation
Gwendolyn Richards
Calgary Herald

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The provincial NDP's children and youth services critic is calling for an investigation into an addictions recovery centre in Calgary following reports some teens were victims of abuse.

Edmonton-Strathcona MLA Rachel Notley made the call for the investigation following question period Tuesday, where the issue was raised.

Liberal MLA Harry Chase initially called on the government to explain how the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre is licensed and monitored.

Children's Minister Janis Tarchuk said she was concerned about the allegations, but her ministry is not responsible for the treatment centre.

"In terms of AARC, my department does not have any capabilities or mandate to license a non-residential addiction treatment centre," she said during question period.

Her response, combined with Health Minister Ron Liepert's comment that the province provides $300,000 in annual funding, is a concern, said Notley.

"Regardless of whether the ministry of children and families does not license this place, they have a responsibility to respond to any complaints of abuse in the community,"she said. "The government seems to be washing their hands of it."

She added that because judges are ordering youth to attend the centre, the government has an obligation to ensure it is operating with best practices.

A spokeswoman for Alberta Children and Youth Services said the allegations of abuse are alarming, but the department's responsibility does not include third par-ties, only cases where the allegations are made against parents or guardians.

"We do take all reports of allegations of abuse very seriously. We do recommend people contact police if they have been abused," Dawn Delaney said.

Alberta Health and Wellness spokesman Howard May said the ministry has no plans to investigate the facility, pointing out any allegations of abuse fall under the children's ministry, while questions around the provision of drug counselling services is the responsibility of his department.

Notley said the government has an obligation to examine the allegations.

Also troubling, said Notley, is that peers are serving as counsellors in the facility despite having no training and without supervision.

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© The Calgary Herald 2009

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: AARC'S RESPoNSE TO FIFTH ESTATE STORY
« on: February 16, 2009, 01:56:48 PM »
Quote from: "A mom"
I see lots of loud protest on Facebook and the CBC comments

I can't find anything. Does anyone have a link?

facebook: ... 606&ref=mf

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: CBC Fifth Estate AARC piece
« on: February 16, 2009, 11:48:54 AM »
Quote from: "psy"
Quote from: "anonAARCgrad"
Its been over the last couple of years. Looooong story.
How does your family feel about AARC?

They are done with them.

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: CBC Fifth Estate AARC piece
« on: February 16, 2009, 11:10:24 AM »
Quote from: "psy"
Quote from: "anonAARCgrad"
Again, they have powerful friends - government, media, law enforcement. I am hoping more graduates and parents open their eyes, let go of their one-sided opinions and see what is going on. That is the most important thing. It took me years and I needed a jolt to get my head out my ass. But if it can happen to me, it can happen for anyone.

That's the thing with thought reform.  It's only temporary and only lasts as long as a person is in the group.  Straight Inc kids who still think the program helped them to this day are few and far between (I can't recall ever meeting one).

When did you snap out of it?  Recently?

Its been over the last couple of years. Looooong story.

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: AARC'S RESPoNSE TO FIFTH ESTATE STORY
« on: February 16, 2009, 10:49:53 AM »
Quote from: "psy"
Quote from: "anonAARCgrad"
AARC has access to any media outlet it chooses. I hope they get their story out as soon as possible.

If they act like the PFC folks, they're fucked.  All they know how to do is attack (never defend) like the scientologists.  It makes them look nuts.

I am glad supporters keep talking, they certainly look like Moonies. Leader worship. Cult practices. Rationalizing abuse and greed. I hope parents begin to question. I know AADAC hates AARC, perhaps their funding will dry up.

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